How to Check Space on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you wondering how to check the available space on your Mac? Whether you need to free up storage or just want to keep track of your disk usage, it’s essential to know how much space you have left. In this tutorial, we will guide you through different methods to check the space on your Mac.

Using Finder

The easiest way to check your Mac’s available space is by using Finder:

  • Step 1: Open a new Finder window by clicking on the Finder icon in the Dock.
  • Step 2: In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on “Go”, and then select “Computer”.
  • Step 3: You will now see a list of all connected drives and devices. Locate your Mac’s hard drive or SSD and hover your mouse cursor over it.
  • Step 4: A tooltip will appear displaying the available space as well as the total capacity. The available space is shown in gigabytes (GB).

About This Mac

If you prefer a more detailed overview of your Mac’s storage, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen, and then select “About This Mac”.
  • Step 2: In the window that appears, click on the “Storage” tab.
  • Step 3: You will see a visual representation of your storage usage, categorized by different file types such as Applications, Documents, and System. Each category displays the amount of space it occupies.
  • Step 4: To get more detailed information about a specific category, click on it. This will reveal a breakdown of files and their sizes.

Using Terminal

If you prefer using the command line, you can check your Mac’s disk space using Terminal:

  • Step 1: Open Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  • Step 2: In the Terminal window, type the following command and press Enter: df -h
  • Step 3: The output will display a list of all mounted drives along with their capacities, used space, and available space. Look for the entry that corresponds to your Mac’s hard drive or SSD to find the available space.


If you want to check the available space for a specific folder or directory instead of the entire disk, you can use the du -sh [folder path] command in Terminal. Replace [folder path] with the actual path of the folder you want to check.

In conclusion, checking the available space on your Mac is easy and can be done through Finder, About This Mac, or using Terminal. By keeping an eye on your disk usage, you can ensure that you always have enough space for your files and applications.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful!

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